Amusing Facts About Jeopardy! That You Probably Didn't Know

"Jeopardy!" is on its 39th season, but even avid watchers may not know these fun facts.

Jeopardy! contestants didn’t always have to wait until Alex Trebek was done speaking to buzz in.

During the break, contestants stay busy, they get to listen as host and announcer run through any necessary re-recordings—clips to replace any instances where they coughed, stuttered, or mispronounced something.

Jeopardy! contestants aren’t sure which personal story host is going to ask them to talk about.

The show is technically 57 years old. The first-ever episode of the show premiered in 1964 and was on air until 1975. "The All New Jeopardy!" then ran from 1978 to 1979. Both of those shows were canceled, and today's version of "Jeopardy!" premiered in 1984.

"Jeopardy!" has more Emmys than any other game show.

Merv Griffin, the creator of the show, also wrote its theme song.

Merv Griffin, the creator of the show, also wrote its theme song.

The record for most consecutive games won is held by Ken Jennings, who won 74.

Contestants aren't allowed to make certain wagers, including $69.

The lowest score in "Jeopardy!" history is $-6,800. On March 12, 2015, Stephanie Hull made history as the lowest-scoring "Jeopardy!" contestant.

Even if they end up in the negatives, players always walk away with some money.

Contestants on the show's Tournament of Champions get to pick a movie to watch in the greenroom.